Not far from the city of Girona in northern Catalonia there is a forgotten, dreamy and beautiful village called Sant Esteve de Guialbes, surrounded by vast cereal fields and deep, humid forests.
Two nature lovers have managed to bring the shy inhabitants of the european jungle in close reach of the cameras and marvelled eyes of those among us who are in love with anything which is alive on this planet.
Their enterprise Naturaprop has slowly developed from an initial project consisting in one hide to now three of them with different target species but all of them equally interesting and enjoyable. (I may report in the future about the other two hides)
“Cal Teixo” is the veteran among the three hides and it boasts specially with the nocturnal mammals and it´s faithful Tawny Owl. Badger, Fox and Genet may appear during the night depending on the time of the year and biological circumstances, the Tawny Owl so far is a hundred per cent reliable model, always making it´s appearance early after sundown.
The night I spent in the comfortable Cal Teixo hide, the Genet and it´s other two colleagues refused to show off (the Genet came the next night though!) but the Owl was there as she does every night. Before nightfall, the late afternoon with it´s beautiful evening backlight allowed for many interesting photos of the many forest bird species which live there. After a night with not much sleep, at sunrise the forest birds appeared again at the end of my stay. During the early morning hours there were again good opportunities to get valuable images.